Introducing: The Tudor Black Bay Bronze One For Only Watch 2017

By Stephen Pulvirent

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Digging through this year’s crop of piece unique watches for the upcoming 2017 edition of the Only Watch charity auction, there are more than a handful of standouts. One I personally can’t ignore is the Tudor Black Bay Bronze One, which presents a familiar Tudor with a few twists that truly set it apart from its more common brethren.

There are two big things that make the Black Bay Bronze One special. First is its left-handed configuration that you might have seen before on the Pelagos LHD. Typically the Black Bay Bronze’s crown is on the right side, while here it sits on the left. Additionally, the dial and bezel are a nice khaki green color instead of the usual brown (or blue, in the case of this special edition). The fabric strap also matches the khaki green and bronze colors, completing the package. Otherwise, the watch is still 43mm x 14.6mm, it still houses the COSC-certified MT5601 automatic movement, and it still has the robust case made of an aluminum bronze alloy that will patina with time.

Tudor Black Bay Bronze Only watch 2017

This is the second time Tudor has participated in Only Watch, and last time the results were nothing short of astounding. In 2015, the Black Bay One – a unique piece meant to recall the earliest ref. 7923 Tudor Submariner – fetched 375,000 CHF at the charity auction. That’s more than 100x the normal retail price of a Tudor Black Bay, in case you need a refresher.

Tudor Black Bay Bronze Only Watch 2017

Do I expect this years Black Bay Bronze One to achieve the same results? Not quite, as this watch doesn’t have the same nostalgic appeal for the big time vintage collectors. However, the estimate on this piece is just 4,500 to 5,500 CHF. If history is anything to go by, those numbers will easily be blown past in the first minute or so of bidding and the final hammer price will be many times the modest “prediction” (if you can even call it that). While this might not push the half-million mark, it’s definitely not going to come cheap.

One additional thing worth noting: the winning bidder will also get an all-expense-paid trip to visit the Tudor manufacture in Switzerland. This isn’t something typically offered …read more      

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